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Corvera’s bill: 5-day calamity leave with pay

By Billy Begas

A lawmaker from Agusan del Norte has introduced a measure seeking to provide for a five-day calamity leave with pay for all workers directly affected by natural calamities or disasters.

In the proposed Calamity Leave law (House Bill 10182), Rep. Dale Corvera underscored the need to help individuals and families whose homes were damaged, flooded, or destroyed by typhoons, earthquakes, storm surges, or flooding to immediately cope and recover.

“The proposed measure aims to provide employees in both the public and the private sectors with five-day special emergency leave with pay, to minimize the impact of natural calamities and disasters on their income and well-being,” said Corvera in the bill.

To qualify for the benefit, the employee must have rendered at least six months of service.

The leave can be availed for five straight working days or on a staggered basis.

The calamity leave shall be available upon the declaration of a state of calamity by the President or by the Local Sanggunian under Section 16 of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (Republic Act 10121).

The leave can be availed by the employees during the existence of the calamity. Government workers whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to natural disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services and who have reported for work during the existence of the state of calamity can avail the benefit starting from the lifting of the state of calamity and until 10 days thereafter.

If work has been suspended or canceled by the head of office or employer, the employee may not be required to apply for the special emergency leave.

Unused leaves shall not be cumulative and may not be converted into its cash equivalent.

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